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Overall Score: 8.7/10

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ADT and Vector Security are both leaders in the home security industry in terms of their level of sophistication and technology. Each offers a comprehensive list of services and features and require at least a 3-year contract to start service.

Overview: Vector Security vs ADT

Both ADT and Vector offer highly effective home security systems that are fully capable of protecting homes and businesses alike. Each company works with customers to ensure they have the level of security they need. This includes adding devices to packages and always being on the alert with 24/7 monitoring.

  1. Professional installation
  2. Mandatory 3-year contracts
  3. Vector only releases prices and package contents during a home evaluation/consultation
  4. ADT offers nationwide service
  5. Vector is only licensed in 32 states (Midwest, East Coast, and the Southern states)

Similarities: ADT vs Vector Security

ADT prides itself on its reputation as a leader in the home security industry. Their equipment and the offer of home automation are key selling points. They also offer 24/7 monitoring and medical alert devices.

Vector is also well-respected in the security business. It serves both residential and commercial clients, by providing effective 24/7 monitoring and surveillance. It also offers home automation capabilities, medical alert devices, and environmental hazard sensors.

  • Reliable 24/7 monitoring
  • Mobile app capabilities
  • Professional installation
  • Indoor/outdoor video surveillance
  • Negative reviews for customer service, contract issues, and fees
  • Home automation and environmental hazard detection
  • Medical alert devices

Differences: ADT vs Vector Security

ADT offers service from coast to coast without fear of service interruption if a customer relocates. ADT offers several different packages to choose from with the option to add additional devices.

Vector has a very limited service area. While it offers relocation options, it is difficult to maintain service if the customer moves out of the service area. Each package offered by Vector is personalized to the customer's individual need during an in-home security evaluation. No prices are released until that time.

  • ADT can relocate both their system and their service without service disruption
  • Vector offers a 5-year contract option
  • Vector does not release package or pricing details until the home security evaluation
  • ADT offers both landline and cellular connectivity options
  • Vector offers cloud storage for video clips and surveillance footage

Features

ADT allows for both landline and cellular connectivity that makes for reliable emergency connections when needed. They also offer medical alert pendants as well. Their home security packages include motion sensors that are pet-friendly, sensors that detect a variety of environmental hazards, video surveillance, home automation, and 24/7 monitoring.

Vector Security offers home automation, 24/7 monitoring, indoor/outdoor cameras, entry sensors, environmental sensors, and cloud storage options for saving video clips. They also have energy saving devices for controlling lights and temperature.

Contracts

ADT requires a 3-year contract that can relocate along with the homeowner due to the company's nationwide coverage.

Vector Security requires that a contract is in place before installation begins. They offer a 3-year and a 5-year option. Vector has a limited service area, so contracts may not be able to relocate. This can result in excessive cancelation fees.

Pricing

ADT requires $125 startup cost for each of its three packages. The Traditional package only offers 24/7 monitoring and is approximately $28.99 a month. The Control package includes both home automation and 24/7 monitoring for approximately $36.99 a month. The Video package is the most comprehensive. It costs approximately $55.99 per month and includes 24/7 monitoring, home automation, and video options.

Vector Security does not release prices for any equipment or packages until the initial consultation. Their monitoring fees run approximately $40 per month. They claim to have no upfront costs.

Equipment

All ADT packages begin with a keychain remote, control panel, 3 entry sensors, a motion detector, siren, backup battery, and signage. The number of devices increases as each package. They also offer a video doorbell with 2-way communication.

Each package produced by Vector is designed to meet the need of each homeowner, so no two packages are the same. No other information is released unless there is a consultation.

Installation

Both companies require professional installation. To relocate, a tech must be called to move the system.

Emergency Connections

Both companies use cellular service to support their emergency connectivity. Notifications are sent via text message or through the use of the company's mobile app. The proper authorities will also be notified in case of an emergency.

Summary: Vector Security vs ADT

Homeowners who want a branded, well-known security company and a sophisticated system will be happy with what ADT has to offer. The company has higher prices, but their contracts allow for relocation making it ideal for homeowners who may be in the market to sell their home.

Vector offers quality equipment and state of the art technology when it comes to home automation. It would work well for homeowners in their service area as long as they don't plan on moving.

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